The Road

McCarthy, Cormac

9780307265432

ISBN 10: 0307265439 / 0-307-26543-9
ISBN 13: 9780307265432
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

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A work of such terrible beauty that you will struggle to look away -- --Tom Gatti, The Times

I could only take short bursts of it in Degas's rasping, downbeat delivery, but I had to keep going back to it. The completeness of this vision of post-apocalyptic desolation is brilliantly imagined --Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times

You will read on, absolutely convinced, thrilled, mesmerised. --Alan Warner, The Guardian

The conspiratorial, undramatic narration heightens the impact of this powerful and chilling vision of a post-apocalyptic America. Father and son struggle to survive in a ruined environment by feeding off the leavings of the dead. Sounds depressing, but is compelling and strangely beautiful. --Rachel Redford, The Observer

Rupert Degas is the most versatile of narrators: he excels in Haruki Murakami and was Pantalaimon in Philip Pullman's multivoiced Northern Lights. Chill menace is his forte, so when you turn on his narration of Cormac McCarthy's The Road get ready to turn into a hypnotised rabbit. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

This gripping, suspenseful novel will be hard to turn off - even by listeners with no or very little interest in the sci-fi genre. The Road begins in the late fall sometime in the future after catastrophe of horrible proportions has struck the continent. Two survivors, a man and his son, are traveling in a southerly direction. Are they seeking a warmer climate? Are they escaping from marauding bandits? Are they trying to locate other survivors? The pair carry their possessions in a grocery cart. The abandoned towns and cities are covered with a coating of gray ash. The forests contain the charred remains of bushes and trees. They subsist on what they can glean from abandoned houses, barns, and fields. Due to past experiences, they purposely avoid any contact with other people. Were they concerned about deadly contagious disease? robbery? murder? some kind of communicable radiation sickness? As the story progresses, the man becomes seriously ill and finally dies. The boy, of undetermined age, is left alone. Does he survive? Violence is minimal but a sense of doom pervades the story. Narrator Rupert Degas is superb. His deep, whispery, almost ominous tone further enhances this riveting tale of survival in the face of utter hopelessness. He gives each character a distinct voice that is appropriate for the situation. The abridging editor also deserves high marks for maintaining the storyline yet forcing the listener to fill in the blanks, all of which made this a step above a run-of-the-mill sci-fi novel experience. Violence is minimal but a sense of doom pervades the story. --Soundcommentary.com

Rupert Degas is the most versatile of narrators: he excels in Haruki Murakami and was Pantalaimon in Philip Pullman's multivoiced Northern Lights. Chill menace is his forte, so when you turn on his narration of Cormac McCarthy's The Road get ready to turn into a hypnotised rabbit. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

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Book Description: Knopf, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Wrenching, entirely sentimental . . . Trenchant and terrifying, written with stripped-down urgency and fueled by the force of a universal nightmare.The Roadwould be pure misery if not for its stunning, savage beauty. This is an exquisitely bleak incantationpure poetic brimstone . . . [Cormac McCarthy] gives voice to the unspeakable in a terse cautionary tale that is too potent to be numbing, despite the stupefying ravages it describes . . . Yet this narrative is also illuminated by extraordinary tenderness . . . [It has]Lord of the Fliesstyle symbolic impact . . . Mr. McCarthy's affinity for words like rachitic and crozzled has as much visceral, atmospheric power as precise meaning. His use of language is as exultant as his imaginings are hellish, a hint thatThe Roadwill ultimately be more radiant than it is punishing. Somehow Mr. McCarthy is able to hold firm to his pessimism while allowing the reader to see beyond it. This is art that both frightens and inspires . . . The mother's suicide is one more reason for astonishment at Mr. McCarthy's final gesture here: an embrace of faith in the face of no hope whatsoever. Coming as it does after such intense moments of despondency, this faith is even more of a leap than it might be in a more forgiving story. It adds immeasurably to the staying power of a book that is simple yet mysterious, simultaneously cryptic and crystal clear.The Roadoffers nothing in the way of escape or comfort. But its fearless wisdom is more indelible than reassurance could ever be." Janet Maslin,New York Times "The Roadis the logical culmination of everything [McCarthy]'s written. It is also, paradoxically, his most humane and compassionate book . . . The question that the novel implicitly poseshow much can you subtract from human existence before it ceases to be human?takes on heartbreaking force . . . One measure of a good writer is the ability to surprise. Terse, unsentimental, bleakMcCarthy's readers have been downthatroad before. But who would ever have thought you'd call him touching?" Malcolm Jones,Newsweek "[The Road] conjures a compelling and memorable dread . . . Wrenchingly elegiac . . . Single plot twists chill the blood . . . Under Mr. McCarthy's bleakness burns a retroactive treasuring. To wit, even with rising oil prices, terrorism and insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq, there may come a time when readers look back in wonder that they ever had it so good." The Economist "Its harrowing, utterly realistic descriptions of primal human struggle against an implacable landscape hark back to the author's definitive work, 1985'sBlood Meridian. . . McCarthy's depiction of the father's plight is heartbreaking . . . The novel is, of course, beautifully written . . . Tableaux of the ruined landscape demonstrate that his poetic gifts have only deepened over the years . . . [The Roadis] thoroughly arresting in its bleak grandeur, and is a handsome addition to the author's illustrious canon." Hank Shteamer,Time Out New York "The novel is awesome, a kind of reality-based Beckett, moving and unbelievably believable in its portrayal of horror and dread and hopelessness in the next Dark Age . . . Transcendently bleak." Kurt Andersen,New Yorkmagazine "Even by McCarthy's standards, the horrors here are extreme . . . But McCarthy's prose retains its ability to seduce and there are nods to the gentler aspects of the human spirit." The New Yorker "A. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307265439

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